Candidate Profile | Judge Wendy Li’s goal as surrogate judge? A more accessible court for the most vulnerable 

As one of two remaining candidates vying to head the Queens Surrogate’s Court, Judge Wendy Li, 54, is making the case to choose experience over endorsements. 

Li arrived in the United States at 28, but it was not until she was in her 40s that she obtained the right to vote in the United States. But the decades-long journey to citizenship did not deter her from climbing the legal ladder, from associate to partner to judge. Equipped with several degrees from around the world, she spent years in the private sector before being elected as judge to the New York Civil Court six years ago.